Brexit referendum folly

Jan Zielonka, Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford, writes that the consequences of the Brexit referendum are bad for both Europe and Britain, regardless of the result. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy on ‘Brexit Divisions’. The EU referendum in the United Kingdom was intended as a festival of democracy, but it has proved to … Continue reading Brexit referendum folly

Losing citizenship and democratic authority in Europe

Damian Chalmers, Professor of EU Law at LSE and Fellow of UK in a Changing Europe, argues that the EU will continue to be perceived as authoritarian until it reforms its relationship with national citizenship and political community. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. When the EU’s heads of state and government met in Laeken in 2001 to start the … Continue reading Losing citizenship and democratic authority in Europe

Toward a citizens’ Europe

Thijs Berman, former MEP and journalist, argues that EU referendum debates in the Netherlands show that decades of democratisation have led to a new kind of a citizen that demands to be heard. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy. Those in the Netherlands who were in favour of the EU’s draft constitutional treaty in the 2005 referendum campaign most often … Continue reading Toward a citizens’ Europe

David Cameron Needs a Vision for the Future of Europe

Matt Wood, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield, analyses David Cameron’s recent attempts at negotiating reform of the EU. As Cameron concentrates on the UK’s position within the EU, is he missing the opportunity to secure allies by ignoring how EU reform could benefit all member states in the future? If David Cameron can’t convince the Polish Prime minister of the need for change in the EU, … Continue reading David Cameron Needs a Vision for the Future of Europe

Could An Independent Catalonia (Re)Join The EU?: The Debate Is On

Following the regional elections in Catalonia on 27 September 2015 which saw victory for pro-independence parties, Maria Mut Bosque, Lecturer in International Law and EU Law at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, examines the legal possibilities open to Catalonia as it considers its future with the European Union. The issue of secession in EU member states was discussed in the run-up to the Scottish independence … Continue reading Could An Independent Catalonia (Re)Join The EU?: The Debate Is On